The spirit that founded the volume and guided its development is radically inter- and transdisciplinary. Dispatches have arrived from anthropology, communications, English, film studies (including theory, history, criticism), literary studies (including theory, history, criticism), media and screen studies, cognitive cultural studies, narratology, philosophy, poetics, politics, and political theory; and as a special aspect of the volume, theorist-filmmakers make their thoughts known as well. Consequently, the critical reflections gathered here are decidedly pluralistic and heterogeneous, inviting—not bracketing or partitioning—the dynamism and diversity of the arts, humanities, social sciences, and even natural sciences (in so far as we are biological beings who are trying to track our cognitive and perceptual understanding of a nonbiological thing—namely, film, whether celluloid-based or in digital form); these disciplines, so habitually cordoned off from one another, are brought together into a shared conversation about a common object and domain of investigation.
This book will be of interest to theorists and practitioners of nonfiction film; to emerging and established scholars contributing to the secondary literature; and to those who are intrigued by the kinds of questions and claims that seem native to nonfiction film, and who may wish to explore some critical responses to them written in engaging language.
Lexington Books; December 2016
- ISBN 9781498504522
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- Title: The Philosophy of Documentary Film
- Author: David LaRocca (ed.); Timothy Corrigan (other); Diana Allan (contrib.); Rick Altman (contrib.); Ariella Azoulay (contrib.); Mieke Bal (contrib.); Noël Carroll (contrib.); Stanley Cavell (contrib.); Gregory Currie (contrib.); William Day (contrib.); Keith Dromm (contrib.); K. L. Evans (contrib.); Michael Fried (contrib.); Elan Gamaker (contrib.); Dan Geva (contrib.); Tom Gunning (contrib.); Erika (contrib.); Werner Herzog (contrib.); Karen D. Hoffman (contrib.); Selmin Kara (contrib.); David LaRocca (contrib.); Scott MacDonald (contrib.); Jennifer L. McMahon (contrib.); Bill Nichols (contrib.); Claudia Pederson (contrib.); V. F. Perkins (contrib.); Carl Plantinga (contrib.); William Rothman (contrib.); Vivian Sobchack (contrib.); Lars von Trier (contrib.); Thomas Vinterberg (contrib.); Charles Warren (contrib.); Bernadette Wegenstein (contrib.); Linda Williams (contrib.); Patricia R. Zimmermann (contrib.)
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In The Press
This is the collection of essays on documentary film that I have been waiting for. It brings together many of the best classic pieces on documentary theory and practice, and a trilling assortment of new essays by philosophers, film scholars devoted to aesthetic issues and close reading, and documentary filmmakers who teach. The writing throughout is of the highest order, and the promise of genuine (as opposed to tinker toy) philosophical inquiry is amply kept. David LaRocca has done an exemplary job of editing, and his lengthy overview essay which serves as the volume's Introduction is incisive and indispensable.
About The Author
David LaRocca is visiting assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the State University of New York College at Cortland.